Florida Health Officials, DeSantis Urge Vaccinations Amid Spike in Covid Cases, Hospitalizations – NBC 6 South Florida
What you should know
- According to the numbers released on Friday, the number of reported COVID-19 cases in Florida has almost doubled from 23,000 to 45,000
- Statistics released by the White House estimate that 20% of new cases occurred in Florida last week
- Governor Ron DeSantis and local health officials are urging people to get vaccinated amid the recent surge
As Florida’s COVID-19 cases and hospital stays continue to rise, local health officials and the state governor are urging people to get vaccinated.
According to the numbers released on Friday, the number of reported cases in Florida has almost doubled from 23,000 to 45,000. Statistics released by the White House estimate that 20% of new cases occurred in Florida last week.
About 3,200 COVID patients were hospitalized in the state on Friday, a 73% increase since June 14 when 1,845 were hospitalized.
Speaking at a news conference Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the surge in cases was expected in July because the virus follows a seasonal pattern, and he stressed the importance of getting vaccinated.
“However, when you are vaccinated the number of people who end up being hospitalized is almost zero, it’s incredible, incredibly low, so I think there is some misinformation out there that someone says, ‘Oh, this one People got vaccinated, then they tested positive, ‘”DeSantis said. “You see, a positive test isn’t a clinical diagnosis of any disease. So if you’re vaccinated and test positive but don’t get sick, then it’s about keeping people out of the hospital.”
Jackson Health System officials in Miami said monday that the Miami-Dade cases are about five times the national rate.
“We’re seeing some breakthrough infections, but the majority of the people who are very sick, who are at risk of death … are those who are not vaccinated,” said Dr. Lilian Abbo, director of infectious diseases at Jackson Health. “Even with the mutations, even with the variants, the vaccines protect against serious illness and death.”
DeSantis said nearly 85% of seniors in the state have been vaccinated, although figures showed the number of weekly vaccinations given has fallen by nearly 80% nationwide since April.
“We have three vaccines available, anyone, any adult can get them, in pharmacies, health departments, whatever. Very easy to get, very quick process, ”said DeSantis.
The governor said he did not support vaccine mandates but said it was important to have the right messages for people who may be skeptical about the vaccine.
“They don’t want to say things that make them withdraw even further,” said DeSantis. “Be a little humble in trying to get this message across and understand that there are some people who have concerns.
“I’m just trying to present the data and if I thought the data was not warranted I would say so.”